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Thousands of new jobs expected this year in Jax

Multiple companies make large hiring efforts

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Multiple employers are gearing up to hire around the Jacksonville area, according to Financial News and Daily Record editor Karen Brune Mathis.

Mathis appeared Friday morning on the "Morning Show" to discuss upcoming job fairs and employment opportunities.

The largest hiring effort will come from Amazon, which plans to hire operations, management, technicians and warehouse workers. In total, Amazon plans to hire up to 3,000 people, not counting seasonal jobs. A job fair for warehouse workers is scheduled for July.

Availity, a Jacksonville-based health care information technology company, plans to add 250 jobs, Mathis said. 

Genpact, a global business process management, services and information technologies corporation, is opening an office in Jacksonville to provide mortgage business process outsourcing services. Genpact said it is hiring 200 people and expects to add more at a later date. 

General Dynamics Information Technology is adding at least 80 jobs at its North Jacksonville operations center. The company held an online hiring event to fill the positions. 

Macquarie Holdings, which specializes in asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, is expected to add 50 jobs in financial services at its Riverplace Tower office. 

Hundreds of restaurant jobs are expected to open up, especially later this year at the St. Johns Town Center, where 15 restaurants will open in the Town Center Promenade and The Crossing and The Strand at the Town Center.